Zambia‘s electoral commission has confirmed that last week’s presidential election was won by the opposition candidate, Hakainde Hichilema.
Mr Hichilema defeated his main rival, the outgoing president Edgar Lungu, by more than a million votes
It was Mr Hichilema’s sixth attempt at winning the presidency. His supporters have been celebrating on the streets of the capital, Lusaka.
Earlier, Mr Lungu alleged that the elections were not free and fair
He said election officials from his patriotic front party had been chased from polling stations, leaving votes unprotected.
In its final tally, the electoral commission said Mr Hichilema had won 2 million, 810 thousand and 777 votes to Mr Lungu’s one million, 814 thousand and 201 in Thursday’s election.
The landslide win means Mr Hichilema will not have to fight a run-off contest.
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